Promising news for fans of NBC’s The Office: It looks like Dunder Mifflin branch manager Andy Bernard and salesman Jim Halpert will be sticking around for at least part of another year. According to insiders, Ed Helms and John Krasinski are moving closer to signing new deals for next season. “Everyone’s coming into the final yard line,” says a show insider.
Next year would likely be the last season for both actors, as their film careers take off. A source close to Helms says the actor would like to return, at least for part of the year, and that he has submitted a counterproposal to the studio’s initial offer.
But before Helms’ and Krasinski’s pacts are finalized, the show will have to figure out how to accommodate their busy movie schedules. Helms is expected take a break to shoot The Hangover 3 (a greenlight is likely), while Krasinski may have to miss some episodes to star opposite Matt Damon in Promised Land. Ideally, they wouldn’t be gone at the same time.
The Office remains NBC’s top-rated comedy and is a shoo-in for renewal once deals with the show’s key actors are done. Next season would mark the ninth for The Office — but could it be the show’s last? “It’s likely to be written for some of the characters as a last year,” says one insider. “But if a couple new characters are introduced or other story ideas emerge, you just never know.” Adds another source: “They’ve had those discussions about what would happen if it were to be the last year.”
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